Photos by Scott Preston
Archive for February 2010
Written by Bill Whiting – email@example.com
A social- political folk troubadour in the style of Woody Guthrie, Ani DiFranco brought out a commited group of followers to her concert on February 27. Beginning her set with “Done Wrong,” DiFranco leaned heavily on the jazz stylings of bassist Todd Sickafoose. “78% H20” followed with Sickafoose laying a slippery rhythmic groundwork that DiFranco expounded upon with her subtle lyrical sway. “Fuel” included references to president Barrack Obama, freedom of speech and choice. DiFranco has a poet’s blood running through her veins, as evidenced on both “Dilate” and “Modulation.” And, she related the verse of “My IQ” to the packed denizens on the Madison’s floor, as they expressed their approval back towards the stage. Sickafoose controlled the groundwork of “Splinter” and “Swandive,” and DiFranco’s smile stretched as the connection with her Kentucky fanbase grew with each tune. “Smiling Underneath” was one of many highlights of the evening, and DiFranco’s sharp, staccato strumming style dominated the audience favorite, “Gravel.” Many of DiFranco’s songs deal with the intrinsic details of inner romantic relationships, and “Present/Infant” along with “If You’re Not” added both depth and lightheartedness to difficult subject matters. With “Untouchable Face,” it was apparent that DiFranco was winding the performance down. She chose to end the set with the number she played at Pete Seeger’s birthday, “Which Side Are You On.” Coming back to encore briefly with the title track from her album, “Evolve,” Ani DiFranco then brought out support act Erin McKeown to help her with the concert’s last number, a riveting, yet laidback ode to point of view on the beguiling “Everest.” It was yet another triumphant Cincinnati area appearance by Ani Difranco and company that will be talked about and remembered for some time.
March marks early showcase registration period via SonicBids.com—Deadline is May 14
CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 1, 2010) – Bands and artists interested in performing at Cincinnati’s ninth annual MidPoint Music Festival can now submit a request for showcase consideration. MidPoint excels at exposing emerging artists to a devoted and passionate audience through festival promotion and exciting showcases embraced by a city rich in music history.
Bigger. Better. Stronger. Faster.
Music lovers who hopped around the 23 different stages for three nights last year had their pick of great bands to see and swoon over. Musicians enjoyed huge crowds in 2009, with new stages and a 45% increase in the number of performances over the previous year. More than 15,000 fans turned out to revel in 270 performances throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. And band buzz reached a fever pitch with a new twist on Twitter and Cincinnati Bell text messaging, broadcasting within venues. Read more
New Orleans ‘Supafunkrock’ Phenom Trombone Shorty Bursts onto National Scene with ‘Backatown’ (April 20/Verve Forecast)
In 2010 alone, 24-year-old New Orleans singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and all-around musical powerhouse Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has signed with Verve Forecast Records and performed on Good Morning America and ESPN’s SportsCenter in the run-up to the Super Bowl. He has seen recordings he contributed to earn a Grammy® award (Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Lay Your Burden Down”) and an Oscar® nomination (Dr. John’s “Down In New Orleans” from the hit Disney film ‘The Princess and the Frog’). He has taped two appearances – as himself – for the upcoming HBO series ‘Treme’ from ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon, and played with his band Orleans Avenue as honored guests on Saints owner Tom Benson’s float in a victorious post-Super Bowl Mardi Gras parade.
He’s just getting started.
On April 20, Verve Forecast will release Trombone Shorty’s new album ‘Backatown,’ an explosive, homegrown combination of funk, rock, R&B and hip-hop he calls “Supafunkrock.” The album was produced by fellow New Orleanian Ben Ellman of Galactic and features fourteen songs, all but one of them written or co-written by Andrews. Guests on the album include Lenny Kravitz, Marc Broussard and Allen Toussaint, who contributes piano to a take on his own composition “On Your Way Down,” the album’s lone cover. Read more
Review and Photos by Bob Adamek – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday night, February 25th, the venerable State Theater in Falls Church, VA hosted a live show featuring a truly inspired, high energy performance by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Perhaps the inspiration on this night came from the announcement, just hours earlier, that Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews had just signed his first major label record deal with Verve Forecast, joining a considerable stable of artists such as Herbie Hancock, John Fogerty, Blues Traveler, Jamie Cullum and Ledisi among many others. Or perhaps that news was just something taken in stride for this close knit band of road warriors and old friends.
One of the magnetic draws of this band is in how much they love playing music and playing it together. When you watch someone that enjoys what they do so much, it is utterly contagious. It is hard not to suppose that if you were the one on stage, in front of all those people, that is how you would be, enjoying the moment to the fullest. That is how this band handles itself, in a perpetual state of enjoying their work. The back line is made up of drummer Joey Peebles, percussionist Dwayne Williams and bassist Mike Ballard. The moments that Peebles is not smiling or sharing that exuberant attitude with Williams or Ballard are few and far between. Troy Andrews keeps that same energy alive on the front line with his astounding trombone playing, equaled only by his trumpet playing and accompanied by his strong vocals and energetic dancing. Pete Murano commands his Epiphone Les Paul guitar in much the same way, with dexterity on his solos, and a funky bad right hand on his rhythm playing.
Troy Andrews is a driven band leader. He seems molded in the tradition of James Brown, drilling his band through an impressive display of musicianship and syncopated rhythmic songs that kept the audience moving all night. At one point Troy had saxophonist Robby Marshall take off on a solo, which was filled with such energy and fury that it gave me an ice cream headache at the thought of what it took to play such a solo. Meanwhile Troy stood facing the rest of the band, conducting them through a series of rhythmic hits; pointing, directing and improvising as he went along, the band responding to each of his movements with precision. Read more
The Avett Brothers have just been confirmed to play a show with Gov’t Mule! On Saturday, September 4th, they are making their way down to Morrison, CO to play the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Pre-sale tickets will be available this Monday, March 1st, at 12 PM MST.
Click here to get your tickets!